Posted: 11:59 pm Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Could UGA pick up commit No. 8 on Friday? 

By Michael Carvell

OLB Natrez Patrick (left) with Auburn QB commit Tyler Queen (AJC/Michael Carvell)

OLB Natrez Patrick (left) with Auburn QB commit Tyler Queen (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Natrez Patrick, who is rated as the state’s No. 9 overall college football prospect, just laughed when asked about what he thought about 25 of 25 recruiting experts projecting him to sign with UGA in the 247sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Mays High School will announce between UGA, Alabama, Auburn, and Ole Miss during his team’s spring game on Friday.

“I don’t know how they can make that assumption,” Patrick said. “I guess it’s based on how long UGA has been after me. I really don’t know.

“There may be some people surprised on Friday.

“Or there may not.”

The 4-star is being recruited by UGA at outside linebacker and said he has been told by all four finalists that he is their No. 1 prospect on the board at his position. He wants to study to be a physical therapist.

What will be the deciding factor on Friday? “I’m just praying about it to God,” he said. “I’ve going to let God lead the way. Whichever place I get an answer from, that’s where I’m going.”

Here’s Patrick on his four finalists:

  • Alabama: “Of course, they are one of the top schools in the nation. If you get an offer from them, they should always be one of your top choices. They’ve been showing a lot of interest.” His Mays teammate is offensive lineman Dallas Warmack. What about the rumors on them being a package deal to Alabama? “Honestly, we’ve always talked about playing together in college. But at the end of the day, we’ve got to make whatever is the best decision for each of us, even if it means going to different places.”
  • UGA: “They’ve been in this recruiting process with me for a long time. They were one of the first schools to offer me. They’ve been showing strong interest since the beginning, and they’ve kept showing strong interest. That let me know I was really a priority with them.”
  • Ole Miss: “I like them because they surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to like it so much when I visited. It was a great experience. I liked it.
  • Auburn: “I just love the way they recruit. They send a lot of mail. They show a lot of interest every time I go over there. It’s a very home-like environment. I feel like I’m at home there.”

And why does Patrick want to commit now? Because he’s so highly ranked, he’s one of the few 2015 prospects who can hold out until next year’s signing day if he wanted (most can’t).

“I definitely wanted to do it before the season started,” he said. “I didn’t want to think about it during my senior season of high school football. Because my season comes first, so I just wanted to get it out of the way.”

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60 comments
BCB
BCB

GO DAWGS!

kerryb
kerryb

They are a good football factory.  They are not one of the top SCHOOLS in the nation.

Intruder
Intruder

What they always say about Alabama that they don't say about UGA.


Alabama: “Of course, they are one of the top schools in the nation. If you get an offer from them, they should always be one of your top choices.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I really like Pruitt change in the way we Recruit the  Defensive . All big and fast. They can play Defensive End , Outside Linebacker or  Inside Linebacker. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Comes down to who's team is on God's side.  Don't see Rev. Swinney and Clemson on the list of finalist, No way he plays for Satan, I mean Saban, over in Bammerland.  And Ole Miss....well, just not Godly at all.  Has to be the Rev. Richt and Georgia on Friday.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Need to stop the recruiting bleeding....immediately.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

He will be a Dawg. Congrats on a goodun. Mark and Jeremy have to stop all these good folks from going to the cow college. GT Bobby and his high dollar friends are working on a deal to get Mike Leach to GT so they should also get some of these really good Georgia HS players away from the cow palace.

Roll Tide

“We can’t have two standards, one set for the dedicated young men who want to do something ambitious and one set for those who don’t.”

Coach Bryant

KirkHilles
KirkHilles

Natrick Patrick? Is that some nickname you've made up?

NCDawg
NCDawg

4 stars or 5 stars doesn't matter.  He is listed by 247 as a 4 star.  Since that is a composite I'll just run with that.  He's rated #69 in the nation.  As always recruiting rankings are a crap shoot.  The question is whether he will be any good on Saturdays.  He has good length and will put on some weight.  He is bound to be pretty fast


I hope he choose Georgia but good luck to him wherever he ends up.

Adamsran
Adamsran

Young man puts trust in prayer, looking for the right answer.  He's a 5 Star to me...


Wishing him the best, regardless of the school he picks.


Go Dawgs!

WDE
WDE

How fast is this kid he sure has the right size for a OLB if he has some speed ? ..best of luck to the young man, hope he chooses the school with the best fit for him.

Gandolph
Gandolph

Not sure where the 5* comes from.  Not that it is anything to sneeze about, Rivals and 247 have him listed as a 4*.  I still would be happy if he chooses UGA.

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

btw, I'd sign a petition if there were one to change the name of Univ of Alabama to "Nick Saban U"

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

MC,

Curious as to the labeling as the state's #9 ranked prospect, yet he's also rated as a 5*.  Is that accurate?  I've noted that the state is highly regarded this year, but seems a little outlandish that the state's top 9 players (at least) would all be regarded as 5*. 

I could be wrong, but thought "5*" status was typically reserved for ~top 15 or so recruits nationally.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  He's not on a roll by getting a player that wanted Auburn all along. He is on a roll because he got to the Championship game last year after losing every Conference game the year before. That is why if Georgia could just win a Championship , SEC or National , that would help Recruiting more than anything. I can assure you that is why Alabama has their pick of Recruits every year.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie The amazing thing about that?


Auburn tried to fix his grades

NCAA camped out trying to nail them

He ends up at Auburn anyway


Auburn cheats and covers it up better than any other school


Well played Capone 

badbrad23
badbrad23

@kerryb  I think if you look into it, you will see that Bama does have a great reputation for their academics.  So does UGA.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@C-Kirk


But can they put together a complete and grammatically correct sentence that makes sense? 

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@TampGator1

God doesn't care about football  cause here ain't no reference to football in the bible!!!!


Kno  whut  I'm  sayin??????????????????

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Bubbatavious LMAO!  What does that have to do with anything in this blog?  What a joke you are Blubbertavious.  Fire yourself.  We'll all root you on.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Gandolph  You shouldn't wish that on a kid.

Don't you really want what is best for him?.

He won't be his best because they get coached down at Ga.

They don't win anything.

The recent draft of only 2 players is very telling. 

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@P_The_Ricker


Nothing wrong with  Bama   E X C E P T  fans like B O O Z E - B R E A T H!   


He could learn a lot from Bama fans such as WE T   W I L I E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@P_The_Ricker  

I wouldn't go by the 9th best player in Ga business.

To get a 5 star, you really have to earn it.  .

Who knows, he might be the state's best player  in the state.

Anyway, funny how Ga people just assume he is theirs.

If the kid really does his homework, Ga won't be the place. 

Knowing Brother Richt, he will pull out the Christian card.

Sadly, it might work.   

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@TampGator1 @C-Kirk  That is not a requirement these days unfortunately. I know how hard UGA is because of personal experience and it makes me sick that Colleges have sold out to agree to provide the NFL with a Minor League system . I hate the double standard.  

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@TampGator1 @C-Kirk


You wouldn't know the difference  in correct/incorrect/makes sense so why the smart-a$$ comments??????????????????

TampGator1
TampGator1

@kerryb


A "blow hard" would have to be first interested.  And, like Clemson, Florida is not on the kid's interest list either.   

HotDawg
HotDawg

I can be a southern cal fan for a day.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@WhiskeyBreath @GandolphI guess you haven't heard or your mommy has not read any of the sports articles to you yet. UGA has a new defensive Sheriff in town and I think, once he starts getting his own guys he recruits in place, the defense is going to be pretty solid I believe.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Like bamas 1st round busts.....they're plentiful in the bust category

HotDawg
HotDawg

Roll turrd richard breath

thebucket
thebucket

@WhiskeyBreath @Gandolph So all the ex-Bama coaches and players on staff now are going to coach them down? Way to show support for your guys Whiskey.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I need to clean up my act for sure. I tend to go off when some of these poster start slamming the Tide. I have been at Bama fan since 58 so I have seen the really good and the bad. Just m nature but I remembe the bad more than the good. My glass is always half empty.

WDE
WDE

@WhiskeyBreath @P_The_Ricker of course Nick could pull the come on down I have a Grey Shirt waiting for you card....I bet your a buffoon even sober.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg  no you can't you have to chant SEC SEC SEC because that is all the dog fans have, Well coattail riding and 12-of-13 against the 2-3 start at TECH.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Thanks for the kind words and back at you. I like UGA and GT and respect most all teams with the exception of auburn.  That is the most corrupt f program in the history of college football.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie My participation on here is as a 100% UGA fan but over 90% of my contributions are responding to half-wits who unjustly dump on CMR and mostly just rattling some chains for my entertainment!!!!!!!!!!


You are very knowledgeable and seldom go ballistic!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@DawginLex @POAD2014


Lex: Please apologize to gutterbrains everywhere and you know why!!!


Would you like to be compared to POD?????????????????

Gandolph
Gandolph

@POAD2014 @DawginLex  Gee, POAD, I took it to mean that he was on his knees upchucking from the whiskey.  Do you see everything in a Michael Sam prism?

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawginLex now why come with the classy homophobic comments? You cry about people doing that and name calling and now you are doing it. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Did mccarron cry today? Bama baby....bama on bama crime going on there.